Keenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer is the winner of the 2012 James D. Houston award. He holds an MFA from Mills College and a PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Keenan serves as a guest editor for the Oxford African American Studies Center and he teaches at Evergreen Valley College. He is also a lecturer at CSU East Bay. Keenan’s short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in numerous forums, including popmatters.com, Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity After Civil Rights, Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland Empire, BOOM: A Journal of California, New California Writing 2013, and Connotation Press. He is also the editor of the groundbreaking Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape. Forthcoming work will be published in Akashic’s Oakland Noir.BOOKMARK
Red Summer 1919/2019: The 100th Anniversary of a Current Crisis
In the age of Trump, Americans have conveniently forgotten their long history of white supremacist violence.
To Be Continued, or Who Lost the Civil War?
Keenan Norris on the durability of Confederate kitsch.
Post-Mortem Morning: Oakland and the Remains of the Left
Keenan Norris on the working-class electorate.